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Engine Exhaust System Problems of Nissan Altima - part 1

Nissan Altima owners have reported 188 problems related to engine exhaust system (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 1
Failure Date: 03/15/2017

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. While attempting to start the vehicle, it failed to operate. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the engine control module burned too much fuel to the catalytic converter and need to be replaced. The catalytic converter was replaced; however, the failure recurred two months later. The vehicle was taken back to the same mechanic where the diagnostic was the same. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred after two months. The vehicle was taken to fort worth Nissan (3451 w loop 820 s, fort worth, TX 76116) where it was diagnosed that the ignition and exhaust failed. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 214,000.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 2
Failure Date: 12/01/2015

The pre-catalyst on the exhaust has failed, and caused damage. There is a recall for certain VIN #'s but mine is not coming up. Nhsta campaign 03v084000.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 3
Failure Date: 09/26/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while having regular maintenance performed on the vehicle, the technician noticed that the exhaust system was rusted and recommended replacement. The entire exhaust system was replaced; however, the rust spread to other parts, like the frame and a hole developed on the passenger side floor. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2014 Nissan Altima 4
Failure Date: 02/07/2014

The whole exhaust system from the engine along to the rear of this cars exhaust tips is rusting away already! several dealerships say its normal!.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 5
Failure Date: 06/05/2012

The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle was burning excessive oil and the exhaust pipe was emitting black smoke. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the catalytic converter was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 140,223.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 6
Failure Date: 03/29/2012

The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the engine was consuming oil rapidly and every two weeks, he would have to add oil to the engine. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who advised the contact that the catalytic converter needed to be replaced. The mechanic was unable to replace the component. The dealer was notified of the failure who advised the contact that there were no recalls for the failure. The manufacturer was also contacted who confirmed that there were no recalls for the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000. The dealer didn't know the exact cause of the problem. However, the dealer recommended replacing the catalytic converter and the entire exhaust system at a cost of $2000. The consumer was informed it was not a guaranteed fix.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 7
Failure Date: 10/20/2011

The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning while sitting at a traffic stop. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who diagnosed that oil was leaking into the catalytic converter and as a result, became clogged causing the engine to blow. The mechanic stated that the engine, catalytic converter and the exhaust system needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 109,000.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 8
Failure Date: 09/01/2011

My VIN should be included in the below recall as my mechanic diagnosed and recommended I bring to Nissan to fix. But per there recall my car VIN is not included even though be as campaign # 03v084000. Please see campiagn notice below to reference. What can I do to make Nissan do the right thing and fix under recall. Recall number: 03v084000 summary: on certain vehicles equipped with the 2. 5 liter engine, the exhaust pipe hanger pin may catch debris from the road that could be ignited by contact with the main catalyst. Consequence: this condition could result in a fire. Remedy: dealers will remove the protruding portion of the exhaust pipe hanger pin. In addition to the corrective action, in order to reduce the risk of fire in the event of poor or improper maintenance that could result in oil spillage, heat shield(s) will be installed on the pre-catalyst and exhaust tube. Owner notification is expected to begin during may 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. Notes: also on 2002 Altima and sentra vehicles, certain engine operating conditions may cause the pre-catalyst to overheat and damage the catalyst substrate. If substrate particles enter the combustion chamber, they could score the cylinder walls, resulting in increased oil consumption. If the engine oil level is not checked on a periodic basis and drops below the low level, and the driver continues to operate the vehicle ignoring noticeable engine noise, engine damage may occur which could result in a fire. Nissan is still developing a remedy for the pre-catalyst problem. Customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 9
Failure Date: 09/01/2011

2003 Nissan Altima. Consumer writes in regards to a reimbursement for engine expense the consumer stated the catalytic converter failed, which caused damage to the engine. There was excessive smoke coming from the exhaust. According the invoice, there was possible ring wear, and possible damage to the pistons.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 10
Failure Date: 08/04/2011

I have a 2002 Nissan Altima with a 2. 5 engine. At 66,000 miles I was told the convertor was bad. Since that time, I have replaced the engine, the pre-convertor and the convertor on my own dime. After six months the new convertor failed, it was replaced. Six months later I am in the same boat. I'm told that the convertor is bad again.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 11
Failure Date: 06/27/2011

I purchase the car on 03/29/2011 from a used car dealership,on June 27, 2011 while on vacation the car quit running checked fluids and found oil reservoir had no oil in it. Had oil change performed before I went on vacation. Never had an oil leak or sign of oil burning. Had car towed to a private mechanic whom told me the catalytic converter was clogged due to high oil consumption. Did some research on the car and found it had a problem with the pre-catalytic convertors coming apart and sucking the carbon into the engine causing cylinders being scored and causing the high oil consumption causing the secondary catalytic converter to become clogged and in turn causing the engine to blow up. I went to the local dealership and told them my catalytic convertor was clogged which called my enigne to blow up and they told me I was on my own cause it was out of warranty and when I pushed the issue the head service tech said it is what it is and walked away. I left and called Nissan north America,they told me the recall was taken care of on 01/08/2004 and said that they would open a claim on this vehicle,she also told me that if it was repaired properly in 2004 the I would still have 1 year warranty on the convertor since they place a 8 year 80,000 miles on the convertor,she advised me to have it towed to the local dealership to have them look at since she opened a claim. The following Monday I recieved a call stating I have to call Nissan good faith program number. I called and expressed my feeling on how I thought Nissan should cover all damaged parts since it was a previously recalled part that caused the problem,they informed me they would call me back by the end of the next business day with their answers. I recieved a call and was informed they would not be covering anything on the repair because they said their was never a recall on this vehicle. I would like to know how 1 person at Nissan north America could say their was a recall and they other say there wasn't,ridiculous!!.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 12
Failure Date: 06/24/2011

My family has owned my 2002 Nissan Altima since it was originally driven off the lot. We have maintained the vehicle and have completed all recalls. In July 2005 recall 03v084000 was "supposedly" corrected, but I have been informed that my catalystic converter and engine needs to be replaced due to particles from the converter being inhaled by my engine. I have 143,582 miles on my vehicle. Due to this design defect I fear that driving the vehicle is a hazard, due to the chance that it will catch on fire. I contacted Nissan consumer concerning this issue, but was told that the issue have been resolved. Through my research I've learned that thousands of 02 Nissan Altima owners are experiencing this issue. Please help Nissan customers get justice, when Nissan is obviously aware that the corrective action does not stop the potential hazard of fire.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 13
Failure Date: 06/08/2011

The catalytic converter disintegrated and the debris clogged the system, causing back pressure and my vehicle stopped running on a dangerous 2 lane road; drifted as far to the right as possible and called a tow truck . Car towed to nearest mechanic and it was determined the converter had failed and clogged the system and the backpressure probably damaged the engine. Excessive oil consumption is now observed after the converter was replaced. Mechanic reports the ebris coud have damaged the cylinder walls causing the oil consumption.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 14
Failure Date: 05/31/2011

I have a 2003 Nissan Altima 2. 5 with approx. 155k miles on it. I bought it used with approx. 20k miles in 2006. At around 60k I noticed that the vehicle was using a little more oil than normal. I had it serviced and was told that the engine was getting older and it was normal wear and tear. I continued to do the regular maintenance and at about 130k miles it started to use even more oil. Took it in again and was told that the engine is getting older and this was normal again. Fast forward to this year. At about 145k miles the check engine light comes on. I take it in and I am told it is a p0420, which means that the catalyst system is below threshold, but not told that this is common in 02 - 03 Nissan Altimas. I started hearing rattling noises in the engine and oil consumption went through the roof. I just had my oil changed last week and had to put 3 quarts in it this morning after only 400 miles. Engine compression is also gone. So I start doing some research and find that I am not the only one experiencing these problems and that Nissan is well aware that the catalytic converter disintegrates in this model year car, destroying the engine and leading to excessive oil consumption but refuses to issue a recall. They are also aware that it happens overtime and I believe use this to their advantage in avoiding warranty repairs. It seems that they hide behind the warranty period and refuse to take action since this problem isn't discovered until it is too late and beyond the warranty period. It develops in most cars slowly over time. I am also very disappointed that every mechanic I went to told me it was normal. Then I get online and do a google search leading me to hundreds of message boards with people having the same problem and being blown off by Nissan. I take very good care of my cars. I am now going to have to purchase a new car because I am refusing to pay $4,000 to replace an engine for a know defect. Apparently this defect has also caused fires in cars.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2001 Nissan Altima 15
Failure Date: 05/29/2011

I just had to repair/replace the intake manifold gasket on the #4 cylinder for the 2nd time on my 2001 Nissan Altima. The first time was Feb 23, 2005 at just under 57,000 miles. Now, the mileage is 123,225. Luckily, my fiance works at a repair shop and they gave me a break on the labor rate! at a reduced labor rate, the repair was $287. 00, all labor except $7. 13. My car started to idle rough when stopped at lights or stop signs, almost like it wanted to die. Since it had happened once before, I knew what the problem was this time!!.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 16
Failure Date: 04/01/2011

The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Altima. The contact noticed a loud ticking noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic, who inspected the vehicle and informed the contact that there was a crack in the exhaust manifold. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. The contact was awaiting a service appointment with the dealer for repairs, since it was covered under the warranty. The approximate failure mileage was 39,000 and the current mileage was 40,000.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 17
Failure Date: 03/26/2011

Beging 2009 at roughly 40,000 mi the car began to rattle while accelerating, I took the car to the dealership and they determined that the catalytic converter had failed and it's mount to the engine had broken, it was replaced. Then at 81,300 mi I was driving 30mph when my engine light came one, I made an appointment and took the car to the dealership the next morning. I was told again the catalytic converter had gone and in turn taken out the ego sensor as well.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 18
Failure Date: 03/15/2011

My car is 2002 Nissan Altima with 77,000 miles on it. My car has failed emissions and the reason is the catalytic converter need to be replaced. I have performed all the recalls related to the catalytic converter. Nissan does not provide any information.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 19
Failure Date: 03/08/2011

This is a formal request petitioning NHTSA to open an investigation for an inadequate remedy of recall 03v-084 (Nissan # ntb03-070d) 3/8/11-material from a damaged pre-catalyst enter the engine causing internal damage which increased the oil consumption to 1 qt of oil per 100 miles. 1/20/11-oil change at 74,243 miles, in perfect running condition not consuming any oil. 3/8/11-875 miles later, heard engine noise and scheduled service inspection. Engine noise due to low oil level. Filled oil and the engine noise stopped. Car smokes at higher rpm’s. Mechanic asked if recall number 03v-084 was performed. Nissan claimed there was no such recall. Later admitted to a recall but claimed our car was not included, and this was normal wear and tear for the age and mileage. 8 year/80,000 mile emissions warranty expired 10/5/10, 3/10/11-sent email to NHTSA. Nhtsa said, from VIN listings, our car should have been included, and sent a requested for recall history to Nissan. 3/15/11-NHTSA said recall service was performed 3/2008, at 54,000 miles. The recall owner letter states, “there is a possibility that certain engine operating conditions may cause damage to the pre-catalyst. Material from inside the damage pre-catalyst could enter the engine and result in increased oil consumption…. . The Nissan dealer will reprogram the electronic control module to prevent any future damage to the pre-catalyst. €� the recall service performed in 3/2008 did not provide adequate protection against premature pre-catalyst failure which caused enough damage to require engine replacement. The recall performed on my vehicle at 54,000 miles should have protected me more than the 21,118 miles. The life expectancy of the pre-catalyst should be longer than 75,118 miles, or at least addressed under the recall inspection and corrected while under the original emission warranty period. It is for these reasons I am petitioning the NHTSA to open an investigation for an inadequate remedy of this recall.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 20
Failure Date: 02/10/2011

My check engine light came on and I took it to a precision dealer in my neighbourhood. Precision told me that the part affected (catalytic converter) had been recalled by Nissan and the dealer would fix it for free. When I went to the dealer, I was informed that even though the part was recalled for some cars, my particular VIN number was not covered. I also called up Nissan consumer affair and they said that the recall did not apply to my car. I had to pay the price for repair myself. When I researched online, I saw tons of complaints by people for a faulty converter that Nissan failed to honor. I am filing an official complaint because I think that if Nissan knows that a part of theirs is under re-call for certain vins and other drivers are also experiencing similar problems, they should also get their part recalled.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 21
Failure Date: 02/07/2011

Marilyn requarth 805 674-5336 2002 Nissan Altima VIN#1n4al11d12c170250 I took my car to morin brothers automotive on 2/7/2011 to have the 'check engine light' looked at . Diagnosis revealed a failed pre-catalytic converter. Upon removal the cat was found to be physically damaged. Bot were replaced. Subsequently I discovered that Nissan of north America has an active campaign or recall covering replacement of the catalytic converter. (recall #'s r3007, r3014, r3015, r3016, r3017) I contacted the serviced department at coast Nissan in person and was told that since I already had the converter replaced, there was nothing further they could do for me. I contacted Nissan corporate offices and was told that there were no open recall campaigns on my car. This is what I want Nissan to do for me: reimburse me for the expense of relacing my catalytic converter and oxygen sensor. Verify that the current programming in the electronic control module will prevent this from happening again. Verify that the programming in the control module has also been updated to address stalling issues (recall 0712) assure me in writing that should my engine begin using oil as a result of the failure of the converter, Nissan will repair it free of charge.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 22
Failure Date: 01/24/2011

I have owned a 2002 Nissan Altima 2. 5s since 2003. I bought vehicle with 11000 miles as a short term lease turn back. I have doneall regular service work; oil changes,tires, brakes ect. Recently took to dealer for inspection on engine noise. Vehicle has 113,000 miles on it at present time. Service writer informed me that the catalytic converter is disintegrating and causing the materials that this is made of to be ingested into engine. Consequently, the engine now needs to be replaced. I have discovered thru some online research and inquireis, with other Nissan service departments, that this is a common problem on this vehicle for the model years 2002 & 2003. There was a TSB forthis car for the dealer to do a visual inspection on the converter in 2003. I feel that a vehicle should not need an egine replacement due to a defective factory part. The advertisement for the manufacturer displays the vehicle being tested for prolonged driveing . This is a serious issue with the amount of these vehicles that are on the road. A car owner should not be subject to extensive repairs due to a factory defective part. There are alot of complaints posted on the intrenet concerning this fault.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2001 Nissan Altima 23
Failure Date: 01/20/2011

2001 Altima se idle problem when on a stop. Similar idle problems I had in may 2005 in which the dealership replaced the intake manifold gasket which is leaking at #4 cyl. Paid nothing because its still under warranty. Same problem again in Mar 2007, with 60,802 miles, dealer replaced the same intake maniflod gasket inwhich this time, I paid a lot of money to get it fix. Now, on the third time, with 120,000 miles, I'm having similar idle problem and probably I will have the dealer to work on it. This is really a big problem for this car and I taught that there is a recall on it. It's really unsafe and could cause serious accident if the driver doesn't know how to handle/operate when this problem occurs.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2001 Nissan Altima 24
Failure Date: 01/10/2011

I have a 2001 Nissan Altima. I bought the car with 50,000 miles on it, and got an extended warranty. At 52,000 miles, I had major shaking at idle, took it in, and they replaced the intake manifold gasket under warranty. Now, at 74,000 miles, only 22,000 miles more, the same thing is happening, and the check engine light came on. I took the car to autozone, and they ran a diagnostic check, which indicated the probability of a vacuum leak, possibly due to a faulty gasket, etc. This problem is apparently very common with this year Altima, and Nissan has never issued a recall. From what I can gather, there is excessive heat in the area near the manifold gasket (which is a 15. 00 part), leading to premature breakdown of the gasket. Simple heat shielding would take care of this problem, but Nissan has done nothing. This is definitely a safety issue, as the car could die at idle at a stop light, and the driver could be rear ended. From what I have read, this is an incredibly expensive job, due to 5 or more hours of labor to get the gasket replaced.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 25
Failure Date: 01/04/2011

Campaign id 03v455000 engine and engine coolant campaign id 03v084000 engine and engine coolant exhaust system campaign id 06v242000 engine and engine coolant I have attempt to contact Nissan north America on several different occasions regarding the above mentioned recalls. After car failure, and money spent on trying to correct these issues, Nissan has not been responsive to my numerous request. I am currently experiencing the above mentioned problems with my vehicle. However, these recalls came to my attention after I learned from a Nissan technician, and after having my vehicle repaired. Problems relevant to the recalls, I am still experiencing.

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